The Green Bay Packers saw their division rivals, the Detroit Lions, blow a 17-point lead in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, the same team that knocked them out of the NFL Playoffs last week. After the game, Lions head coach Dan Campbell was reported to have told his team that this game may have been their only shot at getting to the Super Bowl. Who knows if they will ever be able to get back to the NFC Championship or be a Super Bowl contender again?
This question is one that Packers fans have been struggling with themselves since the Packers won Super Bowl XLV in January of 2011. At the time, it looked like the Packers had a dynasty on their hands, especially when they went 15-1 the next season.
However, despite making it to numerous NFC Championship games in the years since winning the Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers’ Packers never returned to the Big Game. In that time, many noteworthy stars played for Green Bay, some signing with the team in hopes of winning that elusive ring to cap off their careers.
David Bakhtiari is one of those notable players who, despite playing on highly successful teams for years, never played in a Super Bowl. In a recent thread on social media, he revealed the one former teammate he had that he wishes could have won a title.
Green Bay Packers Left Tackle Wishes They Could Have Won a Super Bowl for Julius Peppers
A recent question put forth on X (formerly Twitter) asked which player that never won a Super Bowl fans wished would have gotten one. One Packers fan named Julius Peppers, who will undoubtedly be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame soon. Bakhtiari posted a one-word response to reveal his thoughts:
— David Bakhtiari (@DavidBakhtiari) January 30, 2024
Peppers played in just one Super Bowl in his 17-year career, and that was in his third season in 2004. The Carolina Panthers lost to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots 32-29 that year. Peppers never made it back to the Big Game. His Panthers returned to the NFC Championship Game in 2005, but were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks.
While with the Packers, Peppers appeared in two NFC Championship Games. The first was in 2014 when Green Bay blew a 16-point lead to the Seahawks in the fourth quarter. This was the game that many fans were reminded of when Detroit blew their 17-point lead this past Sunday.
The second was in 2016 when Green Bay was blown out 44-21 by Matt Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons. Ironically, this was a Falcons team that had a young Matt LaFleur as their quarterback coach.
After Peppers returned to Carolina in 2017, the Panthers made just one NFL Playoff appearance, a loss in the Wild Card round to the New Orleans Saints.
Peppers is truly one of the best defensive players of all time and will certainly be forever named as one of the best players never to win a Super Bowl.
It is a real shame the Packers could not get him one.